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FRACKING – WHY WE NEED TO BE AFRAID, SAYS EXPERT


first_imgOPEN-CAST drilling for gas could be coming to South Donegal, warn protestors.Fracking is the practice; and it sounds pretty scary!In this article for donegaldaily.com Dr Aedin McLoughlin warns there could be dire consequences for the environment. Fracking – what’s the problem?Simply put – hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a new way of extracting natural gas (methane) from shale rock deep in the earth.  An options licence, planned to lead to an exploratory licence, has been granted to Tamboran Resources to study a border area that includes South Donegal.   An exploratory licence would allow the company to drill exploratory wells and, if successful, would lead to an application for gas production licences.The gas production stage would transform the countryside into an industrial mining area.  At this stage, concrete pads are constructed every 1 – 2 miles (or 40 acres), each covering 2.5 – 5 acres, together with access roads.  From each pad, numerous wells are drilled a mile down into the earth and then a mile horizontally in all directions.  The shale rock layer is then cracked with controlled explosions.Next, hundreds of millions of gallons of water, with sand and chemicals, are pumped into the wells at enormous pressures to shatter the shale and release the gas.  The gas comes to the surface with up to a million gallons of toxic wastewater per well, only 50% of which can be reused.  At public meetings in Leitrim and Fermanagh, Tamboran announced that a thousand wells would be drilled in Ireland. The consequences – that’s the problem!South Donegal would become an industrialised mining area with drilling sites producing dust and smog and thousands of heavy vehicles on the roads.  Jobs created would be mainly low-level construction jobs.There would be inevitable harmful effects on public health and the quality of life of local people.Fracking causes unacceptable risks of contamination of our rivers and lakes and food chain.  Many millions of gallons of waste fluids remain after fracking which are extremely salty (up to 20%, seawater is 3%) and contain many toxic chemicals and petroleum products.  US media reports chemicals and wastewater spilling at various stages of the process, transport accidents and leakages of gas from the gas wells into the water table.Agriculture could suffer – contaminants such as benzene getting into meat or milk would have disastrous consequences nationwide.The “green and clean” tourism industry would disappear, together with jobs in this sector.There is no regulatory framework for hydraulic fracturing in Ireland or the EU at present.  The risks of damage to us and our land are too great.  France has recently imposed a moratorium on fracking; Ireland must do likewise.Dr Aedín McLoughlinGlenwood ResearchBallinaglera Co. LeitrimFRACKING – WHY WE NEED TO BE AFRAID, SAYS EXPERT was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fracking in donegallast_img read more


AK Club Baby Seal provides new artistic outlet in Juneau


first_imgFrom left to right, Club Baby Seal is: Allison Holtkamp, Grace Lee, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Brady Ingledue, Nate Williams, Hali Duran and Corin Hughes-Skandijs. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)It’s awful out in Juneau on a Saturday night. After a bunch of snow, it’s raining, and moat-like ponds of water fill the streets, the sidewalks, everywhere.Bad conditions however, have not affected attendance at a Club Baby Seal show, a new comedy troupe in Juneau.Listen nowThe group of four comedians, two managers, a volunteer bartender and security guard are set up at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. It’s their second show of the night and it’s well attended — the first show sold out.Corin Hughes-Skandijs emcees Club Baby Seal. In this photo he emulates playing a little girl in an acting class. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)After a welcome from manager Grace Lee, emcee Corin Hughes-Skandijs warms up the crowd. Part of his open includes a self-deprecating realization that he has the look of a movie extra.“I’m the kind of guy that you would see stuck at the top of roller coaster, the hero has to come up and save me,” Hughes-Skandijs said. “I’m sitting there with like, a Mickey ears hat.”The audience gives the bit a healthy laugh.Next up is one of the group’s founders, Brady Ingledue. After taking a stand-up workshop, he started gathering long-time friends to write jokes and perform at home.One of his jokes takes place in the bedroom.Brady Ingledue (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)“I do like to experiment in the sack, though,” Ingledue said. “What I like to do is get, like, a girl. I’m coming in, I’ll get you all set up in the bedroom right there, doing your thing. And then I’ll be over here kind of making a baking soda volcano. You know, getting the elements going, there’s test tubes.”Alicia Hughes-Skandijs is the other group founder who wrote and practiced with Ingledue in the beginning. Her bit is about role-playing — but in a decidedly unsexy setting, the produce section of Fred Meyer.“So I start in the organic section, and I just, like, grab it, like I know what I’m doing,” Hughes Skandijs said in a suggestive voice. “Ohh, this recipe calls for two kinds of kale. I know what’s going to happen with it.”She snaps back to her regular voice.“I do know what’s going to happen to the kale. The kale is going to get really, really slimy, like in my produce drawer.”Allison Holtkamp. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)After the show she said, “It is the best feeling in the world when people are laughing because it feels like through their laughter they’re like, ‘Oh yeah I get it. Like, I’m with you on that point.’”Alicia and Brady eventually met Nate Williams at a party. They started doing house shows in his living room in front of a brick-patterned curtain they ordered from Amazon.Williams also is the one who suggested the name — Club Baby Seal — an irreverent play on words he conceived as a fifth-grader for the name of a snow fort he made.“I don’t listen to self-help directly, but I listen to people who listen to self-help,” Williams said. “It’s too powerful straight from the source, like, uncut Tony Robbins is more than anyone can really handle. And I really don’t want to improve too rapidly.”For those first house shows they brought on Alicia’s brother, actor Corin Hughes-Skandijs as emcee, and eventually actor and long-time friend Allison Holtkamp started performing too.Audience members laugh during the stand-up comedy show, Club Baby Seal, on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Whether being an extra, role-playing, self-help or self-image, Alicia said material works “because there is something universal in there that everyone can relate to.”And what does it feel like when it’s working and everyone is laughing?“It’s like getting done with a 10-mile run and you get all of those endorphins in that one big laugh,” Holtkamp said.Corin said, “It’d be like if your whole family was gathered in the living room when you came home from work and they all give you a standing ovation. And you were like, ‘What’s it for?’ ‘For you, and by the way, here is your favorite dinner that you’ve always wanted.’”Williams said, “It’s like a hug from father or something. It’s a huge acceptance that what you say, what you think — yeah, it’s actually a really neat connection.”The comedians are quick to thank their managers Hali Duran and Grace Lee, and they’re proud of providing a new artistic outlet in Juneau.Club Baby Seal has shows scheduled in Petersburg in January, and they hope to make it to Anchorage and beyond in the spring.last_img read more